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What is the Sun City Center Pickleball Club?

We are not a chapter of any association. We are a special interest group within the Sun City Center Community Association Inc. (CA) to promote and encourage the sport of pickleball. We operate according to our SCC Pickleball Club Bylaws.

PBC membership is open to all current SCC residents who are CA members in good standing upon payment of all PBC Member fees.

Membership assumes an agreement on the part of each member to comply with these by-laws as listed above as well as our local Rules and Regulations.

To become a member: A Membership application, club fee, and your CA card must be presented to any board member.

Click on the link: Membership application to get a printable form.

The current club bylaws are in PDF form here.

Pickleball Club Executive Board 2016

Renee Bray - President, (585) 315-1740
David Gellman - Vice President, (813) 812-6669
Anita Hill - Secretary, (813) 634-6573
Eve Blazsur - Treasurer, (813) 633-8155
Lynn Seevers - Board Member, (813) 294-0170
Helen Tavares - Board Member, (813) 938-4694
Bill Walker - Board Member, (813) 938-3966


The pickle ball courts are located behind the Community Hall in the Sun City Center Sports Complex off of South Pebble Beach Blvd.

Email distribution list for the SCC Pickleball Club

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If you want more information on the Sun City Center Pickleball Club please call or email any of the board members listed above or send an email to the address.

Origins of Pickleball

Pickles and Pickleball

Pickles are not used in pickleball as the name would suggest. The name pickleball came from Joan Prichard, wife of one of the founders, who said it reminded her of the Pickle Boat in crew where the oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. [1] The popular story told today is that it was named after the family dog Pickles. Allegedly the ball belonged to Pickles and at every opportunity, he would grab Pickles’ Ball and run, so the game was called pickleball. The truth is that the dog came several years after the game so the dog was named for the game.

Pickleball is a sport played with a paddle similar to a table tennis paddle. It is played on a court similar to a badminton court but instead of a shuttlecock a 3 inch wiffle ball is used. There are many variations as to how the game was created but the general consensus is that it originated in the mid 60's on Bainbridge Island in Washington state when the children of some families who had gotten together socially had become bored. In an attempt to keep the children occupied, they were taken to a badminton court in the backyard and were given some broken badminton rackets and a softball sized wiffle ball since a shuttlecock could not be located. The children were effectively entertained to the amazement of the parents. Within weeks the adults had taken over the game and instituted official rules many of which are still used today with minor modifications. The badminton net was lowered to 36 inches and wooden paddles similar to table tennis paddles were made from plywood in a neighbor’ s garage. The paddles used today range from simple wooden models costing about $10 to carbon fiber and other high tech models costing upwards of $100. With the growing popularity of pickleball the USAPA was organized as the governing body of the sport in 1984. Today pickleball is played internationally.


1. Pritchard, Joan: Origins of Pickleball

Courts measure 20 feet wide by 44 feet long with a net that is 34 inches high in the middle and 36 inches high at each end. Instead of rackets, short-handled paddles are used to hit a perforated, plastic whiffleball that measures 3 inches in diameter. Pickleball can be described as a court sport that is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Pickleball combines ball control and placement with various degrees of power, quickness of movement and anticipation of where to be on the court by watching opponents. The game includes strategies of the lob, overhead and passing shots as well as fast volley exchanges.

History of the Pickleball Club in Sun City Center, Florida

The sport of Pickleball came to life on the South Campus of the Sun City Center Community Association in December of 2001. Don Van Gelder of the Sun City Center Community Association joint programs office and Walter Cawein, past-president of the S.C.C. Community Association, visited pickleball courts at The Villages near Ocala Florida, when considering new facilities for Sun City Center. With the enthusiastic support of our local residents, construction of two pickleball courts and a combination pickleball-volleyball court began in June, 2001. The first informational meeting of the Sun City Center Pickleball Club was held in August, 2001, and organizational meetings followed. The first Officers were elected in November, 2001, with Ron Hammaker serving as the first S.C.C. Pickleball Club President.The courts were completed in December, 2001, and the first players hit the courts immediately.

There have been ten presidents since the Sun City Center Pickleball Club was founded:

  1. Ron Hammaker (November 2001 - December 2002)
  2. Garry Macferran (2003)
  3. Neal Nightingale (2004)
  4. Elizabeth Meadows (2005 - 2006)
  5. Melony Grazano (2007 - 2008)
  6. Michael Perkins (2009 -2010)
  7. Theo Council (2011)
  8. Gary Nicolay (2012)
  9. Jerry Benningfield (2013)
  10. Gary Nicolay (2014)
  11. Renee Bray (2015 - current)

The Sun City Center Pickleball Club (PBC) is an unincorporated special interest group within the Sun City Center Community Association, Inc. (CA), a Florida not-for-profit corporation. The purpose of the Club is to promote and encourage the sport of pickleball by: (a) establishing regulations and procedures for the use of the CA pickleball courts, (b) establishing liaison with the CA to insure proper maintenance and improvement of pickleball facilities, and (c) sponsoring such activities as recreational pickleball play, tournaments, social activities and instruction.

Each year, the Club conducts a General Membership Meeting in March and an Annual Meeting in November. The following Club Officers are elected in November: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three (3) Directors. Effective November, 2005, the Club has been governed by their By-Laws of the Sun City Center Pickleball Club.

Membership in the S.C.C. Pickleball Club is open to all current Sun City Center residents who are Community Association members in good standing upon payment of all Pickleball Club member fees. The current annual membership fee is $26.00. Memberships expire December 31st of each year but are automatically renewed upon payment of fees for the following year.

The SCC Pickleball Club raises funds to improve the Pickleball facility through various annual events; e.g., garage sale, Valentines dinner-dance and Fun-Fest booth. On September 8, 2007 , there was a ribbon-cutting for two new pickleball courts made possible through Club funds and a $15,000.00 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center/Durward & Janet Siville Fund. With the support of the Sun City Center Community Association, our five (5) pickleball courts are kept in excellent condition for the Club’ s enthusiastic membership that now totals 190 active members. The Club offers new players free trial memberships, free instruction, pickleballs to play and trial paddles. Club activities include daily games, round-robin tournaments, leagues, ladders and various social events. For several years, the Club hosted the Pickleball Event for the Tampa Bay Senior Games, with more than 100 participants from near and far.

During 2010, a new misting system was installed in the player waiting area, purchased with Club funds and installed by Community Association staff. Lighting for Courts 1, 2 and 3 has also been installed, with funds from both the Club and the S.C.C. Community Association, enabling play after dark!

The Sun City Center Pickleball Club becomes more and more popular with each passing year. Participants benefit from great exercise while having a lot of fun. The residents of Sun City Center Florida , are fortunate to have such an excellent pickleball facility for their enjoyment.